5th Sunday of the Year (c)

5th Sunday of the Year. (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:


Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Wednesday)

7.00 p.m. (Wednesday)

N.B  .No Mass or service on Thursday, Friday or Saturday mornings.


Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Father Tony MacDonald, Wullie Gray

Anniv: Margaret Meenan, Peter Allan.


Today marks the end of Catholic Education Week when we are asked to remember and celebrate the importance of educating children and young people in faith and to reflect on how we are ‘Proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel’ in our homes, schools and parishes. There will be a leaflet given out after Mass by pupils from St. Augustine’s and St. Cuthbert’s and a retiral collection for the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service will take place..

Today: The SCIAF materials are available if you wish to take them after Mass. This year, the Government has again agreed to match funding raised from the Wee Box appeal, pound for pound.

Today the monthly food collection for Fresh Start is due after Mass. Please do not bring items at other times.

Sunday: The coffee morning takes place after Mass with the Fair Trade group in charge. You are all welcome to go round to the Hall after Mass to sample the fare on offer.

Sunday: Annual Mass to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 3.00 p.m. in the Church with refreshments in the Hall afterwards. All are welcome.

Monday: Workshop on how to apply for teaching – Glasgow University will host an event for all S5 and S6 students, and others, who would like to apply for Catholic teaching. This will take place at the Gillis Centre on the 8th February from 10am to 2pm, with lunch provided. If you are interested please contact Mr John Boyle as soon as possible to register at this email: John.Boyle@glasgow.ac.uk.

Monday: Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council in the house at 7.00 p.m.

Wednesday:                                                                                           Ash Wednesday.

A day of Fasting and Abstinence

Fasting means reducing the amount of food which we would normally eat.   Abstinence means not eating meat.  The law of Fasting binds all those who are between eighteen years of age and sixty years of age. The law of Abstinence binds everyone (except for the frail and the sick) once they have reached their fourteenth birthday.

Masses will be at 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Ashes will be distributed at both Masses.

Next Sunday: Rite of Election ceremony at 3.00 p.m. in the Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Cushley. During this ceremony those who are journeying to Baptism and acceptance into full membership of the Church at the Easter Vigil take the next step on their journey.  We have four parishioners who are involved.  All are welcome to attend. (This is not a Mass but a Liturgy of the Word,)


Diary Dates:

12th February: The monthly Vocations Mass in St. Joseph’s Gilmore Place resumes. Please note the change of evening.  It is now on a Friday at 7.30 p.m.  All welcome to go along and pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

17th February: The Lenten Station Mass for the City of Edinburgh will be taking place in St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m. with Archbishop Cushley as the Principal celebrant. Candidates, from the city parishes, including those from St. Cuthbert’s, will be presented with copies of the Creed as the next step on their journey to the Easter Vigil.

8th – 15th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Archbishop Cushley, will take place. Booking is now open and I have some forms and information if you are interested. I have a limited supply in the sacristy. You can also contact the travel agents direct at Tangney Tours, Pilgrim House, Station Court, Borough Green, Kent TN15 8AF (Tel. 01732.886666 or email to info@tangney-tours.com).  Booking for the Saint-Frai Centre must be done through the Hospital Booking Secretary, 61 Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh EH13 0JN – Tel 0131.441.1939.  Early booking is advised since there are limited places available especially in the Saint Frai centre.


Children’s Liturgy: The children’s liturgy will re-commence after the school holidays (Sunday 28th February) and will continue each week for the remainder of Lent.   This is specifically aimed at children of primary school age, so if this is your child, please do encourage them to attend. Additional copies of the Lenten Calendar, given out last week, are available at the back of the church. It was great to see so many there last week and hopefully there will be as many when it restarts.


A letter of thanks has been received from Officer O’Flaherty of the Scottish Prison Service, thanking you for the gifts you donated for the children of prisoners at Christmas and giving a breakdown of how they were distributed. Over 200 children benefitted from the scheme. The letter is on the notice board.


Child Protection Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, the Bishops of Scotland remind you of the Mission Statement. “The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.  It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.